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[From the Boston Olive Branch.]
THE DIAMOND RING,
The Astrologer's Stratagem.
A TALE OF BOSTON IN 1775.
BY OLIVER OPTIC.
THE GOLDSMITHS' SHOP.
In the year 1775 a vnr memorable in the
annals of our country (here was located in
Newbury street, a large wooden building, the
ground floor of which was occupied by jew
eler's shop. Over the door, in what would
now be lermed rude letters', were inscribed
the name and occupation of the inmates
-"Dewrie & Waldeck, Goldsmiths."
it was the day alter the buttle- of Lexington.
A few excited colonists haJ othcr d ir.
the ihop, discursing the particulars of the
flffray, the details of which were slowly spread
ing through the town. The affair had a start
ling effect. The fres cf patriotism, which
burned brightly in a thousand hearts, were all
ready to burst out. It needed but such an act
as that at Lexington to multiply events tor the
page of the historian.
The group in the Goldsmiths' shop seemed
to be ol one mind. The vigorous proceedings
of the "Committee of Safely" Wert; warmly
approved. All were eauer for the strife, which
should inform the mother country that her
American Colonies were the homes of men,
and not of servile vassal, who would patient
ly submit to be scourged.
Behind the counter stood the senior of the
partners, silent, but listening with in.cisse in
terest to the dUcus ion. Some Lp.oiiii'g care
seemed to have gathered over his mind, and
closed up the deep channels of his heart, for
it beat not in unison with those of the group.
John Dewrie was no patriot. His soul was
too narrow lo admit any sentiment higher than
the love of self. Ten years ol stirring times
had added but one care to his bundle of world
ly vexations. He wus rich his mind ami
heart were absorbed in his money bags. The
fear of being despoiled of his treasure was
souice ol more anxiety to him, than the inva
sion of his country's liberties. His sordid
snulas unmoved by the oppression and ty
ranny which had roused his countrymen
action lo arms. He was identified with
code of principles, neither those of liberty
of loyalty. His money has were his all
n!l, and he wus willing to espouse the cause
of I he party which promised him the best pro
tection in the possession of his wealth. Thus
far, in his inability to decide the question sat
islacorily, lie had remained neutral, or rather
had a rupture with either party. With anxious
solicitude he watched the situs ol the limes.
and having no prejudices either way, he
impartial in Ins iudtimeut.
While the group were thus discussing
question, they were interrupted by the
trance of young man, scarcely twenty-one
yenr of age a nephew ol the senior partner,
His dress was disordered, and he was appa
rently exhausted by the fatigue of a recent
The young man received a hearty greeting
from the excited group, but his uncle appear
ed to ri'gnrd h oi wiih a timid reserve.
"Well, Hub," said one of the group, "you
nre from Lexington?"
"J am j the lirst blow lias been struck
country is all in arms."
Tell us about the fight, Rob, the fight
Did the in litia do their duty lik
"Ay, soldier and civillian," replied
young man, who proceeded to re'.iito. the
of the affair, which nie as familiar
household words lo every American.
"Hurrah for the militia of Mjsaclitiselts
shouted one of Ihe more enthusiastic of
listeners, when the young man hud completed
"Gentlemen, eentlemen, let me entreat
to be cautious ; you forget that the -town
full of Hritish soldiers," said the prudent
Dewrie, beginning to tremble lest the enthu
siasm of the group should Compromise his
Standing with the loyalists.
"So it is a curse upon them ! But if
is any meaning in the public sentiment
dosioii, they will soon be driven out.
ii i i . . -
-very imeiy, out you Know mere is
iny to be gained by imprudence," returned
"Vou are over cautious Mr Dewrie."
"It is necessary to bo very cu.-eful in
"Too much prudence will make you a
to the liberty of these colonies," and
apeaker bestowed a most unequivocal
upon the timid goldsmith.
"I wish well lo my country," replied
in a fawning tone ; "and I on!y ask
stns and patriots to use a little prudence
forethought. Yes, 1 wish well tomycountry."
"Hut not lo your king !" exclaimed u
elderly man wearing the uniform ol a
officer, who at this moment entered the
"So, this is the head quarters of rebellion,"
end the speaker cast a glance of stem
at the group
"No, God forbid 1" exclaimed the goldsmith,
raising both bands in a deprecatory gesture.
we are all loyal citizens, Col. Powe'l."
"Ay, loyal," said one of the group,
liberty or death ! the liberty of the
subject, or the death of the patriot martyr
"Beware ! citizens; your speech savors
rebellion," said Col. Powell, with a menacing
"Is it rebellion, sir, to insist upon the
rights of the English subject V Eaid
Dewrie, with modest firmness.
"Ah, young man, did I not see you nt
yesterday i" exclaimed the uflioer,
ing a gaze of surprise upon the goldsmith's
"It may be you did j I was there," fearless
ly replied the young man.
"And in arms against your king 1"
"In arms against tyranny and oppression."
Colonel Powell regarded the young
wilb astouishmeut. The haughty servant
the crown was not accustomed to hear
master thus bearded, but either from
or some other motive, be refrained from
insolence, at. in his oninion.
Merited. Turning toward the gcldsmith,
drew Irom bis poctet ring, which he
"Here is a ring Mr. Dewrie, I have
to be repaireu."
"A iilorious gem," exclaimed the goldsmith,
a he cast an admiring glance at the
"And valuable one," added Colonel
ell, "have a care Vith it; it belongs
daughter, who values it next to her own
It was a cift of her deceased mother."
- "Do not fear i I will be very careful
it," and the goldsmith continued bis
of the brilliant.
The ling. was peculiar in if construction
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so much so that the artizan was entirely en-
grossed in the survey of its strange and ex
quisite workmanship. Now he admired the
chaste ami beautiful design, and then mum
bled over the technical criticism of its superior
finish. 1 urning it over and over, he exnmin
e ' in various positions the hue mid brilliancy
of the diamond. As il to ascertain the mould
of the fair hand it was wont to adorn, he slip
ped it over his lean, attenuated linger, n
would not pass over the joint, and the gold
smith, in 'he abstraction of his thouahts, care
lessly turned it round uutil he crowded it over
"What nre you about sir ?" said Colonel
Powell, os he saw the ring puss over the joint ;
"is this Your care ?"
"It was quile accidental, quite," replied
the jeweler, endeavoring to take ofl the ring
"Hv heavens ! Mr. Dewrie, vou have got it
over your drum stick of a digit, and it will
never come off uutil.your finger comes withit."
"No fear ol th' t, sir," and the gihbmilh
struggled in vain lo remove the ring ; the con
formation of the joint effectually prevented its
Col. Powell, in his anger, used sundry tin
dmiiified expressions, which added lo thetrold
siinlh's confusion. It was in vain he twisted
the unfortunate finger ; it refused to yiel i its
treasure. Robert De.wtie and others of the
group made an effort lo remove it, but without
"My linger is swelled, Col. Powell, and 1
shall not be able to get it off to niflit," said
John Dewrie, exhausted with his efforts, and
the pain which had been produced by the un
ccrimonious twisting of the officer.
"Very well, but 11 you do not remove it be
fore to-mort.jw morning your fniter shall be
chopped off. Is your partner, Mr. Waldeck,
Will. in (
"lie is. Robert, show Col Powell into the
The young man obeyed, and in a moment
relumed to the shop.
"Now, Uncle John, I want one hundred
pounds this very night," said Robert as he re
entered. "One hundred pounds ! Why, Robert, you
are mad! I have not seen half the sum this
many a day."
"Hut you can see it if you desire. I want
to assist in furnishing provisions for the militia
"llravo !" exclaimed several of the group
which still remained in the shop.
"You are crazy, Robert : you are crazy
you've lost your senses entirely," whined
"Not at all, uncle John. You are my guar
dian, and I want Hie money."
"Hut. bov you are under age."
"I sl.a.il be twenty-one in less than two
"1 could not possibly raise such a sum, if
"Hut vou must raise it."
"And 1 tcill not," said the goldsmith whose
sneer was rapidly supplanting his prudence."
"My country needs it and have it 1 will,
I must break into your strong nox.
Rich words ensued, mid the dancer of vio
1-nce seemed apparent to the listeners am
Hmv interfered. Hubert Dewrie was evidently
roused to a pitch of angry excitement, and with
an outh he withdrew to an inner department.
The little knot of patriots soon after wit
lo discuss the domestic brawl they
just witnessed. John Dc-wrie's reflection:!
the scene were far Iron; agreeable. Heuieiu
bering the threat to invade his strung box,
goldsmith opened n trap door behind the coun
ter, and descended to the cellar.
you pen. and from the troubled expression of
is gentleman s con i.teuaiice, was
Mr. Waldeck, the junior member of
firm, was a much younger man than his part
ner. He was sealed at n desk in the
, arlor, which connected with the shop.
desk was covered with account books and
tion that the "debit and credit" teluseu to
In personal appearance, he was the very
of his punter. While Mr. Duwrie
the impersonation of all tlr.it is sordid
miserly, Mr. Waldeck wus dressed with
tr.nsi Krnirnilous nicetv ill the fashion of
.'day. lie was ubout thirty years of age,
easy and affable manners, and, as the world
goes, passable poodlookini. Hut his eye
inioter in its expression, steming to project
from its black and piercing dcp'hs, tl.o
unmistakable indications of unworthy purpo
ses and evil des.res.
Occassional!)', as he run up a. column
figures, a muttered curse escaped Li.ii.
had cioaed the book v. tli which 'it- bad
etlgs-ied, when Culotiel Powell entered.
"All, Wuldeck, 1 am clad to see you,"
the officer, us he cord, ally snook too hand
"Colonel Powell ! then
bv the rebels vcsterdiiv ?" replied
"No ! we had quite a pretty nine ugui
them: thoiiL-h. alter all, we had tD use
heels. Hut how are tl.e lutvts to-uay !
Colonel Powell cast an anxious g.auce at
"Short, very short, loionci . ana .m.
ill ok Kiiook his head.
"I want five hundied pounds to day."
"I must have it."
'I :iml,l I if verv hnnnv to obliite volt,
the luctis, 1 have not a shilling in corner
the present time."
"But you must raise it lor nie."
Mr. Waldeck knit his blow, and yeem.-d
be struggling with his thoughts. While
reflects we will make a few necessary
The firm, bo'.h members of which have
introduced to the reader, was one of the
distinguished in the t wit. It had the reputa
tion ol heme the most weauny a ciri
stonce which is explained by the wealth
senior partner, who was the capitalist,
the other was the man ol taieni anu sniu.
Waldeck. bv bis superior address,
If into the most opulent
aristocratic families, Ihus opening the way
a more extensive business, and increasing
reputation of his house.
Among others, Waldeck had been introdu
ced into the lumily of Colonel Powell, on
ficer of the British crown, t ins geiiiicnini.
was of luxurious habits, free and liberal
his incomes, as is often the cate wnn
persons, h s financial affairs were in on
liarrnss! condition. A3 I IS V. icusu
proportionally greater, and he was obliged
ruorvrt tn iiiniiulf l,lld.T fllf OSSIStallCe.
.lpr-k uiilh niimlprtv 111 lll'irutiull. d
the financial difficulties of the Colonel,
volunteered to sunnlv all Ins wants. Tins
had done ou doubllul securities, up to
time ol our tale, when his own means
Colonel ?owelJ' (Jemand for the loam
,. ,.-,.rr. ,-l,-,t
you wero not
five hundred pounds, ns he had said, it wasl
impossible to n:o.-:. Rut Waldeck lor ur;eiit!
rensens, was i-xtiiiiicly a id. tons to lurnis'i the
accommodation us much so, as th Colonel
was to receive it.
Colonel Powell's dciich'er, Amelia, was
the belle cf the town. Besides the possesion
of surpassing personal charms, she was richly
endowed with intellectual attractions. nl:e
was a sensible young lady, which, to the ob
serving man, cannot but he accounted a won
derful circumstance in a tea tit y.
Toward Amelia. Waldeck hud long cast an
admiring gaze, scarcely hoping, however, in
the crowd of guy flatterers that encircled
her to hear away the palm of victory. He had
gazed and admired until his head und I. is heart
both had been touched, and he could not ,ook
wiih patience upon the r.ro.-piet of de-teat.
Amelia had always treated him with respect
ful courtesy, and tl.e little spalk ol hope was
ranidlv kindled into a flame.
Waideck feaied to lest his suit tip'iu h's'
own individual nioii.s alone. The father's
enibarr.ts.siiieiils ap eared to l.;ili the avenue)
throir-'h which he could reach the coveted
prize, hitice tl.e opening oi ui is uusiue-.-s le -hitiou,
Waldeck hud become a frequent visi
tor at the dwelling of his debtor. Though
nnthing hud evt r been said on the subject,
Waldeck could see that his visits we-re rathei
e-ricoura.'td man niscouuicuanceu, aim ue uiso
noticed that the applications for loans nici'eas-
1 in frequency. Ilisown exchequer was now
exhausted. Ul hnusell lie was n poor man.
If this fact should become known lo Amelia's
father, he dou'ded not that all his hopes
would insianilv be crushed.
Mr. Wuldcck was thoroughly entangled in
io meshes ol the dilemma, lie dared not re
fuse the d'.iMuii'.l,and it was impossible to com
ply with it.
' ... -..i . . i ,t 9i. :.i ri
"Well, Sit, wiiul oo you ii,iiik : a -iu vi
onel Powell, impatient 01 the long silence ol
".Must vou have the money to-day '."
"It would serve me to-morrow inoruius, if
that will facilitate the business."
"Witho'it doubt lean iiirnisli the amount
at that lime," answered WildecK.
'Thank you; but do net disappoint me,
"I will not."
"In the meantime if you are disengaged, drop
into inv house tlnseveui c, mid we will h.iv
a sndnl pnn-.e over a bottle of old Madeira."
"1 thauk you Colonel, hui l snail piojauiy
be occupied Hi obtaining this inoue)
"Sorr' for it, but then business what the
devil is all lint, noise m the sh ,'p : said
Colonel Powell, as the angry dispute we have
recorded ill the last chapter reached tils ears.
".x'oihiug bu' a little-d fficulty between the
t ip r, ( loan aim Ills tie mew, - iiuu
approached the door to ascertain the nature
ol the atiarrei.
for a moment he listened ord a sinister
smile nlaved upon his lips.
. ' . .... . , 1
"A lucky event, lie muiioreu, us uc luineu
from the door.
"Anything serious?" asked Colonel Powell..
"I think not; Ihey have frequently quar
relled of late."
For s'ltne time longer the two gentlemen
ennvefsed together. "Waldeck appeared ab
stracted, and ollcn gave strange au.-wers.
seemed to be engrossed with some purpose,
which demanded a 1 the energies of his will.
After Colonel Powell's departure, he paced
the roi.ni occasionally muttering an exclama
tion of satisfaction, or, again, as the picture
in his mind grew duvk, vested an imprecation
After riaenii! I ue r."'in ior a i.uie in
manner, be gradually began to grow calmer,
mid when he had entirely sniKiueo ins agna
tion, he rung his bell which was answered
a colored boy, the only servant in the house
besides the weman who officiated as house
"Where is Robert?" asked Mr. 'Ualdcck,
in an indillerent tone.
"Don't know, massa; 'speck lo'S in
"See if he is-."
".Shall I tell him ma?sa want to sec him
"Xo only ascertain if hu is in the house."
The negro departed, and soon returned
the intelliVetice that Robert wi.s in Ins room.
Mr. Waldeck seemed satisfied and shortly
alter went into the shop.
Dewrie was still in the cellar. The
of tl.e sh' p was locked. Waldeck walked
and down the apartment several times,
then approached the trap door behind
counter, through which his portlier had
For a moment he paused ns if
doubt: his brow contract d, and his black
seemed to expand before the thought
struggled for exnressiou. Then, alter ( listing
a l.aVty glance toward the door, he raised
trap mid de-Celldcd.
in this cellar was the deposi'ory of
Dewrie's wealth. At the first indications
a rebellious spirit in this couuiry, visions
riddiLiv. rnllaue and seice had constantly
baun'td him. His immense wealth he leared
shot ,i,Pnr.-v nf the soldierv.
ulC iriie.si sense, nc ,t. iiiti'-M Hum,
his lonely and unsyuipatlnzing heart maguilied
Hi. neighbors believed him wealthy,
they h d no conception of the extent of
rid , lor his miserly disposition prompted
him to conceal the fact asmuch as possible.
The events connected with the Stamp
the Bos'on Port Bill, and finally ihe quarter
in:' of the Jobbers in the town hud destroyed
nli Ins hope of a peaceable conclusion to
difficulties. His anxiety gave him no respite
from the gloomy furehoniiig that clustered
areund his txi.itciice. Deprived of his
rest, his cares had made deep inroads
Ins coii.-ib Jtion. Day by day he grew
and paler, his ttep became more
eyes sunk deeper into his head, and
was written on every lineidueul of his counten
ance. Unless some respite from his cares
be ioinid, he foresaw Unit they would
liin to the grave. The fear of dta'.h
stroir'er, if possible thun the love of money.
But where should he look for counsel uud
His life had won him no friends.
ills neiiliew. but yet a boy, was a partizan
the strife. Hit partner was young, nml
not be worthy ol Ins commence. But
was no alternative.
Reluctantly, therefore, lie disclosed to
Waldeck the great secret of his existence.
By his aid a plan was devised which promised
to aflurd amine protection to me treasure
tlit hour of invasion.
The collar wall on the street was taken
and beneath the sidewalk a capacious
was evacuated. This was stoned up
arched ovet. The treasure the extent of
surprised Mr. Waldeck, was removed from
trunks and drtwers in which il had
secreted and deposited in the vault. '1 he
lar wall was then replaced, and the avaricious
goldsmith as he regarded the perfection ol
contrivance, felt entirelysecure for the first
in many years. All the labor of this
had been performed by the- p.itin rs so that nn
other person suspected the existence ol the
secret vauit. j
The threat of Robert Ih.-w.i- had startled his I
uncle. Perhaps the youn-r man had discoveied
the secret. The thought was i,ji,;,'iiii, ;,
the old man had stationed l.iui.-.eit as sentinel j
Robert Dewrie was an orphan, end bavin-,'
been left at a tender aire w d h a colisidable
prepcrty Ins e. '.aie wnn inai t.i i.-.e g.ii..iii.:iii,
was deposited ill the vault.
When Mr. Waldeck entered tl.e cil.ir he
found lis partner examining tl.e 'Aall lo ascer
tain, if any effort had been made to remove the
It was eveniii! and Ro'.er: Dewrie was still
in his room. The even's oi the-elav had made
a det p impression on his mind, lie I. a ' qsur
reled Willi his uncle, had u , d l.i.rd w ,r !s
and threatened violence to him. I.i ll.e quiet
of his apartment, now teal li.e I'M ol us
oassiou had passed awty.l..; P ; iv'.P.-d it. The
Sordid character of lis uncle ten '..r- d hilt: an
bjeet of dualist lo the i.peii-i.t s.r;e.l ynunfT
mini, anil r. was not un unusual inm.' n.r
them to indulge in harsh epithets toward
tach other. Hat the rupture eltiiat cay wasj
much more violent than had ever occurred
ere is no light in tl.e room, rind in the'
daikuess the young p.itr.ot paced t..e apart-;
ment. Tl.e quarrel d.d not c:a. m all li:s at
tentiou. lie was disapnoinied in '..eitig una
ble to (umisll the propped aid lortne inititni
While thus dwlibeialiiit;. th'.' d"ur Keiitly,
opened, and a man entered the loom. It was
loo dark for the )3ung patriot to d.sti;.0uuli
"Robert, are you here ! ' sai.i the man,
"Mr. Waldeck, 1 am giad to see ) :,,'; 5.1 id
Robert, as he reoogni.-o ihe voice of his u:i-i
clc's partner, v.-luni he had n.jt seen since
his return Imm J.exuigtoii.
"Give me your hand, my hoy: I w s
you mi.:lit have been il.olin y.mr le'.ell,
excursion," teplkd Waldeck, as he .ra ped
tne hand of t!ie other.
"1 was not bom to be shot; U-s! !c-s, your
loyal subjects are not sharp si,e,ir."
"And your uncle- gave y u a l-rture for
your imprudence, J:d lie not ? I heard seine
hard words pass between you."
"We did have a liUlediflieul'y; !,i;t it was
not on that account. 1 wanton a bundled
pounds mid the old geiitlei.iini n.du..ed tote1,
me have it."
"Why did you not come to r.., then I"
"Because my uncle has my j.i-.perty in lis
keepinir, and 1 only wanted my own."
And a better reason wa--, tlnit Ho- loiini' man
had but litue rc.'aid for Wald.-ek nut even
e-meiijli to borrow his money.
"But where is your uncle- ? I have not seen
liiin since 1 oveihe.nd the quarrel."
"I do not know, 1 have not been out ol iny
"Strange; he is not in the habit of absent
ing hianeif even for ha! Tun hour."
"He is tafe, 1 will warrant. Have you
hundred noundsyoil can snare f" said Robert,
wilini:', in the emergency, to accept the ploi
"Certainly; I will bring it to yon in a few
moments," and Waldeck groped Ins way
of the" ruciii.
boon alter, Waldeck brought l.im a pitise
containing tl.e money. Throwing a cl.uik
over his shoulders he dcsceii'l'-d the .stairs am
left the house. Passim: down Newbury,
Ma'lborough and Cnrnhill.he 'urn. d up Queen
street, and stopped in float of the- su'.ely man
sion of Colonel Powell. With bis cbi.il.
wrapped closely nrcund linl he gazed at
windows of the- illuminated apartment.
Whatever lis object, it seemed to allude l.irn,
and lis patience e.!iaii.,l,-d li.iell. ho vera
limes he v.-alked tip ai:'! do-.' n the street,
then with a kin 1 of d..-;.eratu effort of
uitl. Iifi tan, ed down tl.e narrow passage
that led lo the back d.-iir ,l the boU.se. Ilea
he kuocled, and his tuniiuoiis was answered
by a black girl.
"Ah, i!:is-a R'b'.-r, d.'.t you ?"
"Yes, it is I," mid the young turn slipped
a piece of gold into the gill's hand.
is your mistress "
"In tie parlor, Massa Robert."
"With company '."
"No ssr, none but de Colonel."
"How can 1 sec her, Hose '."
The colored :;irl aavely delibf rn'.cd upon
the point, and (inaiiy der ided that n mceiinc
couid take place' in the timing ruot.i, tie
the parties would incur sme risk of an in'i
ruptioil ft, on the Colonel. Acconinei'y
cor.ductei; the joung in.in thiil.e-i. The
nine; room w as c, i.':lous to the purior,
Robert could dis'.ii. :' ly hear the conversation
ol the inmates. Hut the toiored gill had
mistaken as to the company, an trrorshe has
tened to erred by iutoruiiiig him that
Wai tec!; was there.
The br,w of Hubert Dewrie contractu!
o rmittercd imprecation esc: pet! his li s.
sir! assured hi'm that she would manage it.
The gentlemen were talking of business
ters. s..e .said, and Miss Auie.iawrs reatimg.
I!i,,e was u thorough i.ii.-'.ie.s of the art
ditd-luscv, mid the made good her a inaiie
"R. bert ! hi,v: couid Veil dare to veiiluio'to
enter in my father's house batd Amelia
Powell, i.s.-ilie entered the dining-room.
"Love wilt brave cveiy dr.n.'er, Amelia,"
and the yding niaull.rew lis aim areui.d
ntck an boldly inijiiuted a kiss upon
glowing iheek, Wh.ch the liiu.iien neile-cled
"Y u are too icckles.t, Hooert; it my
hould suipi.se us, I know uot what mi;!. I
"It iiiatieis not; it your neart is stni
... . .. i ... ,
VOU Will leai 110 Coll.se-liieiie' o uiii .-e p'-tu . .0,1.
"H is that I fear most, ueur l.oliert,"
her eyes beamed with that puie:.liee:.oii
hallows and enui.b.cs the hunian heart.
"You ate the same gsiieienii ejr! you
me stil '"
"Love you still I by, Robut ran
iw-rnoi vour heart to hail Jf a d i:bl i"
"N..v, nay, I sp, l.e tin lightly.
Waldeck with yolit lather !"
"i ocs he still persecute you as
ulrnset o term U I
'Redoes; and what is worse, my
seems to cucnuriice hits attentions."
A shade of anxious sol
brow of the voting man.
"But fear not, Robert; death alone
divide us. w ...... .
"llless vou I dearest; l srian yet
wor'hy of your devotion," and Robert
look lier willing hand.
" I he fidelity of your h art alone can
vou worthy said Ihe maiden softly, as
dropped npon their united hands.
"Why, Robert, your hand is covered
blood !" exclaimed she.
The young man withdrew hii hand.
palm and fingers were dyed with blood !
"I had not observed it 1 rfre," said Robert,
.is I.-; g.ized with asinni.ilitiii.iil at Ihe dark
"V m were at I.e-xi glon, R jbt rt ?"
"And w-.ittt ted ."'
" x,-,t badly; on'y a sabre cut on my arm ;
but it wa- on lie- other arm."
'You "vv !,rd!y wounded, 1 know you were,
this is your own '. !,.o 1. '
"No, dearest, it was only a mere scratch,"
r.r.d he liirin d up his sleeve and exhibit! d n
(.light cut ; but l.'.eie- was no appearance of
blood about i:.
"W here did these stuiiis come front, then?"
"Indeed, I know nr."
'Hut vo'.i are- every d.ty endangninp your
: in this r.:be
J tliut, ue.-.r
at y ju v. ill i.ut
renieiiiber it is treason crnius;
Have not e-oa sc-
to y m."
' Hut vnti
"Is it not a Itict ecu-
knov.lei'j.'e.l thus inui-h '."
"I !iave, 1,'obert ; but I cannot
thought that vou way l;.so y .tir
".My duty is plain, do not use your gentle
t-loquenct lo win n.e lion? il."
"I will not; may God protect you in the
l.ottr of peril.
"And now, love, it may be long bsf-rs I
fee you again ; but be of good heart, and all
shall yet terminate in j jy."
"Heaven sr.'int that it imiv !"
After nil alVe-etioiiate adieu, tiie voting mat:
prepared lo ite-part. 1 l.e hist wcoos 0! aucu
an interview aie ; eiieinily tl.e n.ost interest-1
I ihg ; ut least, it v.u.i so m t!::S 1:1 .lance, nun
11. t leveio lingered iul. ill the intelt bailee ol
tl.e hearts le-nderest i.ii.o'ioos. Tl.e-eu I camt
at last, and Amelia opened the' door cummu
ii:ciitnii.' with tl.e ball.
"So, so .' my cooing 'loves, y,m have filleii
into the- fowler's net this time !" e.-.claiii.Ld
I Col. Powell, who stoo l eroet, wrli ),:s i.rius
j folded, at the entrance i.. the room.
:' he lovers w ere u'.oneood at mis inforlit -1
iiaw accident, r.s they (mpp..:.-:J it. Tl.e
v., nr.',' girl sunk back i:i ti. u.ay, but Robert
ca nil)' met the gaze of tli-' au. ry father.
"Aim. lis, to your room '." si.u'ited C.lonel
I'o-Aeli, exasperated by the calm nidifleR-m e
cf the young 11,1111. "To your room ; and ns
for you, sir, if you ever darken rny doom
again, 1 will horse-whip you."
"Do not be aii'rv, father," said Amelia.
'Tj vourTooiii 1 dlii'raeed and ilil.olton.-d.'"
"Sir 1" exclain.cd Aini.iia, "is il possible
that joii can use such terms to me t"
"Ay, It : ; who the dtvii are j.,u ?" and
lite Colonel's passion entirely disp.ace-d lis
usual d:viiity. "latins consistent Willi ihe
I, oi,'. r 0! a maiden ?"
"Ccioncl 1'owell, your hasty iinpiitalion
both crutl and unjust," iiileriiuicd Robert,
will, dignified calmness.
"Puppy !" sneered Colonel Powell, "with
out doubt, Jou can honestly deiend her cc-tion:-."
"l'atlitr, my actions -( d po defense," ex
cbiimed Amelia, nil li.e womanly pride of her
natuio roused 1 y the niju-'ic; ot her lather,
"I n-.-ed no tiel'eii.-e ; Robert D.-wne is my ul-iiali.-ed
"Tl.i-n, by , you had bettor be si pera-
t'-d very souu. To your room, iul, to your
Aim 1 ia, fearful of tl.e strife that impended,
obeyi d the foininaiid
"Robert Dew rie, you are a traitor to your
King ami country. A won from me will hung
ton. Regard lorycur fiiends alone vniihold
'Proceed, sir," said l!;e Voting man unmov
ed by tl.e threat.
'Leave my house, .sir, or I will give you
into '.be hands of the soldiers."
"I will P ave your house, Colonel Powell,
but I shall Mill dare to be true to my couu
liv," and R.iberl Dewrie, folding his cloak
around him, departed from he. bouse.
; ooly done, by heavens!" miitttreo
Colonel us heclo.-e-d the th.or Hil l rc-tuni.d
ihe parlor, in which Waldeck v.us awawng
Punctually to his appointment, Colonel
Powell went to the iroldsmith's shop the m
morning. Mr. Wsluuek was in the shop ah
The loan of live hundred pounds was ready
the necessary papers were executed, and
officer, w i'.ii a leeiing ol Jeep satisfaction,
the amount in his pocket.
Where is Mr. Dewrie?" asked he.
"He has not been seen since your visit
yesterday nlternooii," replied tin; goldsmith
with a nervous twitch of the head."
"Is it possible ! Wi,,:re -au he be?"
"1 can f 'rin no idea. The last I heard
bun was ilurili;.; the- quarrel will: lis nephew
you remember the circun. stances."
Mr ' Waldeck fixed an unea.sy g.auce
"1 do perfectly well. Have you made
"Yes, I have been to every place he is
to visit, but have been unable 'o
any tldnie'sof hiin. Ilia bed w as not
d i.'ist iiiclit."
"My daiiihler's ring was on his finger at
time l ea led upon you. Ste if lie is in
shop.'-' Mr. Waldeck searched but he could
not bu found.
"Nothing has happened to him, I trust.
"So.ce 1 came into the shop this morning
snd I ariied he was not in tl.e house, I
fell tae most glooiny I'.otibts."
"Where is his vill.iuotis nephew?"
C dmiel Powell scowled at the mention
"He has not benii seen since the quarrel
wi'.n :is uncle. Probably you had the
niterv lew with him."
Tho events of th-; previous evening, its
,:,.'. r has Mspec'rd, were kuewn to him
i, iK.it J, be had follow.-.' 'Robert Dewrie,
even Cnlonel Powell the information
, i.ad made hiin a listener nt lee dniing
' "The qitatrcl has not resulted in anything
.serious, lies it.' ' asked i;ol. rowell, Willi
are glance of intelligence nt Ihe o'her.
; "No, the- young man is, in the main, a
"Hut, in his passion, has he not made
w un ine oiu iiiaii :
, . . ...... i . - e - ..:t...
j "impossioiei ne coum nevei uc 6uiny
can ' tuch nn act."
j "Perhaps not; but my own opinion or
- r. A :.. i.;. r,.vrn),lo '
prove youm; lonow umnimus --m ....u.Ui,.w.
"You wroiii! Inmby such a suspicion.
assure he is o verv worthy man; and as to
immoral or criminal act, he is utterly incapa
ble of it,"
'Perhaps be is. But, have you searched
"Yes, every part of it."
"Where does he keep his valuittles?"
Mr. Waldeck hesitated moment, and
One vqttt.re, (or l-'ss) 3 insertions. 111
" Kach additional iiu-crtion, VS
" Tl i-e nionlhs, - 3,L'0
" S inoiiths, 8,00
Twelvemonths, - - - P.' 0
One foi rth of a column per year, lo.iw
.. ..jr " " 18,l'U
column " " 30.UU
All over a square thsrged u tw quares.
I Advertisements inserted till foiuid t th
cxptuic of the advertiser,
E .ecuted at l!ii Office with' neatness and)
despatcii, rt the lowest possible rales.
! u ,s,i"''"A'
r " Tr"r
n p'i -1 that they were scattered about in va
rious hiding places, he believed he did not
klloW Where "
"Have you examined the cellar?"
Mr. Waideck acknowledged Jthat the tho't
of searching the cellar had never occurred to
hiu.', that it was a mere lumber room, lurtly
v hr.ed by any one.
Colonel Powell, who, in lis prejudices
agahist Robert Dewrie, was harboring the most
terrible' suspicion of him, proposed to search
Waldeck, protesting that it was needless,
assented, mid the trap door was raised. As
II, ey were about to descend, two of the
l.liorsv. ho had been engaged in searching
Lm'i r, ,1 the shop. They Were requested to
accompany the others, and the four descended
Un the bottom of the cellar, lay the hat of
the missing man.
"l.e re a clue, at least; let us examine
more cljseiy," said Powell, as he stooped
over nior. parti' uiarly to examine the spot
which was partially obscured by the darkness
'of tl.e Cellar.
"Good leavens! Here is blood!" he ex
Icla.nied, as his eyes rested on a large dark
1 "Aye, it is blood!" repeated one of the
1 "tireat God! is it possible? re you sure it
' is blood, Colonel?" exclaimed Mr. Waldeck,
in nmlotis tones.
I "1,'lood! Certainly, it is! I have been
i long Kiiout'h a soldier to know blood when I
st e .t," replied the Colonel; "but let us look
"Here is .1 knife," said one of the men who
had been cng -ced ill the search, as he picked
, up a long bli'detl jacb-linile.
I "And covered wi'h blood," added Colonel
' Powell ts lie took the knife; "this looks l'ko
i foul -li ;.'."
I -tI does indeed!" saidMr. Waldeck, whose
. in rves were te-rribly ncitattd.
! "Aye, there has been murder here foul,
I cold-blooded morder!" exclaimed Col. Powell.
Hut to whom does this knile belongf iiifl
may throw some light on the assassin!" and
he approached the little window which shed
a f.iiul ray upon the setae.
"Here is a name!" continued he, OS he
discovered a small silver plate on the handle;
"but it is so stained with blood that I cannot
With his handkerchief he rubbed the blood
fioin the plate, ami approached still nearer the
o read the name.
Mv suspicious were not unfounded," saui
Colonel Powell. "The name is Robert Do
wrie." "My God!" exclaimed Waldeck, "it can
"I fear il is too true; and the murder must
have been committed in this place. Now,
where is the body ? Look around gentlemen,
look around, and see if there are any indica
tions of Ihe ground having been disturbed."
The party nil diligently txamined the bot
tom of the cellar, but Ihe earth appeared not
to have been disturbed.
"This is mc'iilar," said Co). Powell, "very
sin: -ilar. Ccuid the body have been removed
tiu.-iiiL- the night i"
he.-e h a passage way to the street; but
il has no! been rpeiicd, to my knowledge, for
vents." said Walde-ck.
- i i.i t
I he i.oor wo. 3 i-xBiniueu nuu mere wtreevi-
. ... :, , ., i
I oe.ne;, u.ai u ii'i ot, u,,,,!.,. ilw,,,,; u,wi,-u.
A lii'ht was procured, and a more particular
t xamiuation uiscu.seu several smeurs ui uioun.
It was plain that the body had been removed
Irom the cellar. A search was made to dis
cover, if possible, anything which would
throw more light on the foul assassination, but
nothing was found, and Ihe party returned to
I.iioti.h had been ascertained to convince
all that a murder had been perpetrated, and
there was strong presumptive evidence to
implicate the ii.inderer.
The quarri I and the threat, the knife and
the absence of the nephew, all conspired to
throw the guilt upon him. Hut even with
;ii apparently overwhelming leslini- ny, Mr.
,'abv. ii continued to believe, or pretended
to bel.evc, that Robert 1 ewrie could not be
The two neighbors, salisfielin their own
minds that ti e young loan had murdered lis
uncle, departed Irom the shop to Spread the
"Mr. Waldeck, 1 have a double reason for
lamenting this unhappy occurrence. My
daj. bier's ring, unless he removed it before
his disappearance, was on the finger of the
victim, us I have said b.fore o ring which no
niuii'.y could replace, for whose loss nothing
could compensate her. It was bequeathed to
her ly a dying mother under very peculiar
circumstances and she values it beyond com
pariMin. 1 know in,i how I can tell her it is
fun ver lost. These are the particulars con
nected wi'h it and they are such as to causa
nte n.ucii uneasiness."
(TO BE COSTtNTED.)
tTA Clergyman who was in the habit of
preaching in different parts of the country,
was not long since atan inn,, where he observ
ed a horse-jockey-trying lo take in a simple gen
tleman, by imposing upon him a broken-winded
horse for u sound one. The parson knew
the bad character of the jockey, and taking
the gentleman aside, told him lo be cautious
of the person he was dealing with. The
gentleman finally declined to purchase, and
the jockey, quile nettled, observed:
"P irsoii 1 had much rather hear you preach
than to see you pnvnttly interfere in bargains
between man and iubii in this way."
"Well, replied the parson, "if you were
where flight to have been last Sunday, you
might have htard me preach.
"Where was that?" inquired the jockey.
In the State Prison!" retorted the CI rgy-mau.
O We think the subjoined extract from
"Verses on leaving my Parents when a Roy,'?
will "satisfy the sentiment" of the reader:
'I left the corn-field.nnd there 1 stuck my hoe,
At'd from my paren's 1 did go,
And to v.ie house and for my clothes;
And ns my poor mother being sick,
I was obliged to go with my pants and vest,
Becatifo I dare not pr. in ta get the rest.
As the woods being near, away I did steer,
Rut to hide suspicion up a brook I did follow,
1 look my pole, hook, and line, and went a
'Far spent was the day,
The night coming on,
Hut as for money I had none;
And whereto gett lodging I did not know,
Rut in yonder barn upon Ihe hay.
'As I retired between ten and eleven,
The thoughts gathered around my heart
Of my mother, whose voice was lifted up
On account of her absent son."
Hood never could believe that undertakers
fell for the poor. If they do, how comes it
that they are always "screwing them down t '